Brasilia, Brasil (PRWEB) August 14, 2013
The Sivananda Yoga and Vedanta Centres, founded by Swami Vishnu-Devananda, is offering Yoga retreats (retiros de Yoga) in Brasil in January 2014. The program takes place in a calm environment, allowing visitors to enjoy the benefits of Yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, and healthy vegetarian food (see http://www.sivananda.org.uy for more details about Yoga Uruguay).
"The retreat environment is conducive to rapid progress in regaining health, energy, and peace of mind through relaxation, rejuvenation, diet and exercise, breath work, study, and positive thinking. Some of the benefits visitors to the Yoga retreat report include greater mind-body awareness, heightened sensory perception, greater sense of purpose, improved attitude, stronger resistance to stress, improved efficiency at work, and better relationships."
In the the Yoga vacations (retiro de Yoga Brasil), students will learn about five principles that constitute the essence of the teachings of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers. To clarify the science of Yoga and make it accessible to the majority of seekers, Swami Vishnu-devananda extracted its essence and presented it in these universal principles for physical and mental health as well as spiritual growth.
1. Proper Exercise (Asanas)
The physical body is meant to move and exercise. If the lifestyle does not provide natural motion of muscles and joints, then disease and great discomfort will ensue with time. Proper exercise should be pleasant to the practitioner while beneficial to the body, mind and spiritual life.
2. Proper Breathing (Pranayama)
Yoga teaches how to use the lungs to their maximum capacity and how to control the breath. Proper breathing should be deep, slow and rhythmical. This increases vitality and mental clarity.
3. Proper Relaxation (Savasana)
Long before the invention of cars, planes, telephones, computers, freeways and other modern triggers of stress, the Rishis (sages or seers) and Yogis of yore devised very powerful techniques of deep relaxation. As a matter of fact, many modern stress-management and relaxation methods borrow heavily from this tradition. By relaxing deeply all the muscles the Yogi can thoroughly rejuvenate his nervous system and attain a deep sense of inner peace.
4. Proper Diet (Vegetarian)
Besides being responsible for building our physical body, the foods one eats profoundly affect our mind. For maximum body-mind efficiency and complete spiritual awareness, Yoga advocates a lacto-vegetarian diet. This is an integral part of the Yogic lifestyle.
5. Meditation (Dhyana)
Here is the most important point of all, we become what we think. Thus one should exert to entertain positive and creative thoughts as these will contribute to vibrant health and a peaceful, joyful mind. A positive outlook on life can be developed by learning and practicing the teachings of the philosophy of Vedanta. The mind will be brought under perfect control by regular practice of meditation.
The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers will also be offering an annual yoga teacher training courses (Cursos de Yoga Brasil) in Latin America. The Teacher Training Course (TTC) will take place yearly in Brasil, Colombia and Argentina (see http://www.sivananda.org.ar).
Kanti Devi (Yoga Acharya), is Director of the Sivananda Centers in Montevideo and Buenos Aires. She has organized the International Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training courses in South America since the 70s. Direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, she is known for her charisma and dedication.